For children to learn to write and read they must learn how spoken language maps onto written language, and phonemic awareness helps them grasp this understanding. In this lesson the children will learn the correspondence a = /a/. By participating in this lesson, the students will learn to read and spell words with the correspondence a = /a/.
-Poster Board with tongue twister “Adam asked the address of the apple tree after the act.”
-Book A Cat Nap
1. Write the letter a on the primary paper. “Today we are going to learn the sound that the letter a makes.”
3. Take out the poster with the tongue twister. “Bad bats bite black cats.” “Now I am going to read the tongue twister and I want you to listen for the /a/ sound.” BaaaaD BaaaTS BITE BLaaaCK CaaaTS. “Now you say it with me and I want you to be the crying baby.” BaaaD BaaaTS BITE BLaaaCK CaaaTS.
4. “Now I am going to say some words and you can tell me if you hear the crying baby in these words.” FRONT or BACK, BOX or BAG, TAG or TOUCH, FEEL or SLAP? “Now I want you to think hard and tell me some words that have the crying baby sound.”
6. “Now we are going to read a book called A Cat Nap. This book is about a cat named Tab. He goes to a baseball game with his owner whose name is Sam. Let’s read the book to see if Tab takes a nap.
The students will write messages using the correspondence a = /a/. Assess the writing samples to make sure that the students are correctly using the correspondence.
Kohtala, Mareena.http://www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/connect/kohtalabr.html : Icky Sticky
Cat Nap. Cushman, Sheila.
Educational Insights, 1990.